Twitter post leads to firing of journalist

From the article on the NYT:  “On Monday morning, Mike Wise, a sports columnist at The Washington Post, published to his Twitter account that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended for five games….Now Mr. Wise himself is suspended.

The information Mr. Wise published about Mr. Roethlisberger was made up — a test, he said, of how fast a piece of misinformation could spread online. (Mr. Roethlisberger was suspended for six games, not five, after he was accused of sexual assault in March, and the N.F.L. is considering whether to reduce the suspension.) Mr. Wise followed his initial post about the quarterback with three others about his sourcing for the news. And by the end of the day, the paper had suspended him for a month.

On his radio program on Washington’s WJFK on Tuesday morning, Mr. Wise said, “I could give you 10 reasons why I did this and explain what went wrong in the execution. But none of it matters today. I made a horrendous mistake.”

{A digital media professor said} A journalist’s reputation “is on the line with every tweet, for better or worse,” Mr. Sreenivasan said. “People have a reasonable expectation that it’s accurate or the best of what you know at the moment.”

Kay’s commentary: wow.  fired for twitter?  too severe?  what do you think??


One Response to “Twitter post leads to firing of journalist”

  1. Rebecca VanderClute Says:

    On one hand, it seems ridiculous that someone can get fired over a string of around a hundred characters. On the other hand, there’s a growing trend of legitimate news (at least, in the video gaming world) being posted on Twitter before the official gajillion-word press release gets put out (or simply linking to a newly-released article), so posting “fake news” can undermine the credibility of these posts on Twitter, hence the concern.

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